WA's largest regional agricultural show
Over 350 commercial exhibitors; over 1000 sheep, cattle, horses and chooks in competition; working sheep dogs; hourly fashion parades; art, photography and crafts in competition; education options; side shows; free entertainment; lifestyle displays; woolhandling and shearing competitions; markets; current and future rural industry products and services; travel products; smoke free environment; indoor and outdoor displays; 20,000 visitors; massive local community effort; family friendly;
THE PLACE TO BE!
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Make Smoking History Wagin Woolorama has a progressive Committee that works to cater for everyone's interests.
The sections are driven by passion. If the passion fades or a good idea comes along with no-one to drive it, then the section folds.
Whatever makes for people to have an enjoyable day at the show is as diverse as every person. Here are a few options for you
There is a strong fraternity of ute lovers who follow the ute musters, buy another flag, apply a bit more polish - or mud - and enjoy a day off work. Woolorama ute competition has enjoyed a high profile and managed to attract utes of all shapes, sizes and colours.
The utes assemble by 10am Saturday and judging commences at 10.30am. In 2016 the competition will be managed by Scott Bolt of Boltys Auto Electrics. Himself a ute owner, Bolty is well connected and will oversee the judging of the eight classes of utes. A parade of the utes around the oval is always a head-turner. Information of the competition is available on Woolorama's website and the entry fee is just $10.
HORSES IN ACTION
Two equestrian competition are held during Make Smoking History Wagin Woolorama. The first is a pony-club-type event called Funorama, and second is mounted games. They are held in conjunction with each other on the Saturday and Sunday of Woolorama.
The emphasis is on fun and horsemanship. Conditions apply to entrants but anyone can enjoy the spectacle of horse and rider.
Not for the uninitiated, shearing is a skill, that is very quickly discovered by an observer. The wool-handling competition is held on Friday so that on Saturday the shed belongs to the shearers. Sheep are supplied by local farmers and Wagin freight company Bairstows donates the transporting.
There are classes for Under 21s, intermediate, senior, open and novice. The best part of the competition is to see how generous shearers are in encouraging each other, despite being competitors. Presentations are made to the winners at 4pm on Saturday.
Open to the public free of charge for the duration of the show, Wagin's Historical Village allows us all to reminisce about how things were.
Winner of awards for is excellence as a social history museum, the Village has many authentic buildings and machinery from yesteryear. Shops, clothing and artefacts are in abundance.
The most recent building to be erected is a railway station. Other buildings include a school, a bank, a printing work, various styles of houses, a church, stable and sheds. All are authentic to the Wagin district. There's lot to see so don't rush this one.
A visit wouldn't be complete without enjoying a Devonshire tea in the cafe.
In stark contrast, it's worth keeping abreast of what's new in the field of agriculture and animal husbandry. For that reason, keep alert to the New Release competition. They gather in the 600s area for judging on the Friday morning of the show. Winners in recent years have been machines nad tools of diverse application. You'd be amazed.
YOUNG JUDGES INSTRUCTION - MERINO & AWI
An initiative of AWI and to be held in the Merino Shed, young livestock judges will be given instruction on sheep judging and reasons to find careers in the wool industry. For more information, speak with the head steward of the Merino Shed, Kevin Ball. There's also an article elsewhere in this Program.
As a means of investing in rural education, Woolorama does it's own bit of facilitating learning. Competitions are conducted in Merino sheep judging, Poll Dorset sheep judging, wool judging and cattle judging - all for Under-25s.
Competitors largely come from seven or eight agricultural colleges. As well as individual competitions there team competitions which are strenuously contested. Most competitors, but not all, are ag college students. It's hands on learning.
Entries close on 4 March to give head steward Bryan Kilpatrick time to allocate the rotating roster for judging. Woolorama's competition is part of the state Young Judges competitions conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of WA.
LANDMARK WINE BAA
Providing a nice place for friends and parents with young children to relax, the Wine Baa has captured an energy and sophistication that was previously missing at the show.
With generous sponsorship from Landmark, the venue is relaxed, welcoming and stylish. Much of the credit goes to Committee member Melanie Ball whose brainchild the Wine Baa is. With bundles of artistic flair Mel, with abundant help from family and friends, transforms the shed each March into a rather chic and trendy bar.
The lawned area is fenced for added safety and relaxation. It's the perfect place to catch your breath or to wind down at the end of the day. The menu includes coffee and cake and ploughman's lunches.
WORKING SHEEP DOGS AND DOG HIGH JUMP
They are man's best friend, faithful, loyal and hardworking. They rarely answer back and accept basic living conditions. These are just some the reasons that the sheep dog trials draw such a crowd. The competition starts on the Thursday and goes through until Saturday afternoon. The trials pause at midday each day while the Dog high jumps are held.
Head steward Xavier White is pretty relaxed about his role, admitting that the Central District Working Sheep Dog Club knows what they are doing and he just makes sure the facilities and sheep are ready. The grandstand is a comfy sit while you watch and recuperate from more strenuous activities. How high a wall do you think the dogs can jump?
MINISTER TERRY REDMAN TO OPEN WOOLORAMA
Nationals WA Leader and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman will officially open the 2016 Wagin Woolorama.
Terry has family links dating back almost 100 years across the South West and Great Southern.
His grandparents were among the first settlers to take up land in the Denmark and Cranbrook areas and his parents live and work in the Manjimup shire. Terry and his wife Marie continue the tradition of living and working in the Great Southern region, where they have owned and operated a small business and also been partners in a family farming operation.
Over the last 25 years Terry has visited Woolorama on many occasions and has fond memories of his days as a teacher at Narrogin Agricultural College when he used to bring the students to view the farming displays and exhibitions. Then he did the same later as principal of Denmark Ag College.
Terry first entered State Parliament in February 2005 after successfully contesting the seat of Stirling. After a series of boundary re-alignments he now represents the electorate of Warren-Blackwood, which includes the towns of Denmark, Manjimup, Margaret River and Donnybrook. In 2013, Terry was appointed Leader of the WA National Party.
Since entering Parliament, Terry has built up a solid reputation as a staunch defender of regional interests. Following the election of the Liberal-National government in 2008, Terry was appointed as the Minister for Agriculture and Food; Forestry and Minister Assisting the Minister for Education.
Since then he has also held the portfolios of Corrective Services, Housing, Water, Training and Workforce Development. Terry currently holds the Regional Development; Lands and Minister Assisting the Minister for State Development portfolios.
This year, Terry returns to open the Woolorama and is looking forward to joining his Nationals WA colleagues, including retiring Member for Wagin Tuck Waldron, to talk to the community about the future of regional WA.
“Regional WA is a better place because of local champions like Tuck Waldron, and we thank him greatly for his service to the electorate of Wagin for the past 16 years,” Mr Redman said.
The Wagin community will have the opportunity to meet The Nationals WA candidate for Roe at the Wagin Woolorama on March 11 and 12.
Hon. Terry Redman, Minister in the state government, in a more relaxed setting.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
MINISTER TERRY REDMAN TO OPEN WOOLORAMA